The Irish Munitionettes

29 August 1917, Parkgate Street, Dublin. It was by no means a regular occurrence for John Redmond to be surrounded by hundreds of singing women. There had, of course, been some merriness back in 1914 when he finally managed to get Home Rule Act. But that was before...
Robert Essex & the Siege of Caher

Robert Essex & the Siege of Caher

Following the rise and fall of one of Queen Elizabeth I's favourites, and his connection to a canon ball wedged into the wall of Caher Castle in County Tipperary. Unlimited access for €1 a month / €12 a year...
The Irish Sweep

The Irish Sweep

The Irish Hospitals Sweepstake ran from 1930 to 1987 and raised the equivalent of €170 million for the Irish health service, creating a network of over 400 hospitals, clinics and medical centres across Ireland. It also made its three founding directors extremely rich,...
Corrupt Banking in Victorian Ireland

Corrupt Banking in Victorian Ireland

The scandals that rocked Irish banking in the 19th century were little different to those of more recent times. In each case the men responsible - some rascals from birth, others corrupted along the way – attempted to absolve themselves on the basis that they had not...
Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

Humewood Castle, County Wicklow

Humewood Castle is without doubt one of the most eccentric buildings in Ireland. Built in 1868 for Fitzwilliam Dick, it later passed to his granddaughter, Mimi, who married General Maxim Weygand, commander-of-chief of the Allied forces in Europe on the eve of the...